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Van Gaal still in jeopardy after scoreless draw with Chelsea

Louis Van Gaal’s tenure as manager of Manchester United remains in limbo after the Red Devils played Chelsea to a scoreless draw Monday at Old Trafford.

Manchester United is now winless in eight Premier League matches, but did stop their losing streak at four games. At the midpoint of the season, they sit in sixth place on 30 points, five points out of fourth place – the final spot to earn a berth in next season’s Champions League. They were eliminated from this season’s Champions League in group-stage play.

United has now played five scoreless draws in their last eight home games, and have only scored 22 goals in 19 games this season. They came close to scoring twice in the first half, with Juan Mata hitting the crossbar and Anthony Martial hitting the post, and Thibault Courtois made a spectacular save to deny Ander Herrera in the second half.

However, the defending champions also threatened in the second half, with David De Gea making an outstanding double save against Pedro’s initial shot and César Azpilicueta’s rebound.

In a press conference televised by NBC Sports Network, Van Gaal told reporters after the match that he will not resign, but acknowledged that after another failure to win, his future is not entirely in his control. Across the stadium, Chelsea’s interim manager, Guus Hiddink, sees his team in 14th on 20 points, just three above the relegation zone.

Elsewhere in the Premier League, Arsenal beat Bournemouth 2-0 to move into first place on 39 points, but Leicester City could regain the top spot by beating Manchester City on Tuesday.

 

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